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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Deb Olin Unferth  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born:


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Illinois Connection

Unferth grew up in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of six books. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her work has appeared in Granta, Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, and The Paris Review.

She studied philosophy and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Colorado in Boulder. After college she began writing fiction while working at a women's homeless shelter in Chicago. She received an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, where she studied with George Saunders, Michael Martone, and Tobias Wolff.


Awards

Revolution , Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award, 2012

Vacation , Cabell First Novelist Award, 2009

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: No.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Barn 8
ISBN: 1644450151. OCLC Number: 1102185390

Graywolf Press. .

Two auditors for the U.S. egg industry go rogue and conceive a plot to steal a million chickens in the middle of the night - an entire egg farm's worth of animals. Janey and Cleveland - a spirited former runaway and the officious head of audit - assemble a precarious, quarrelsome team and descend on the farm on a dark spring evening. A series of catastrophes ensues.--Publisher.